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Conference Overview

COAD Annual Conference
August 9-11, 2017
      Chillicothe, Ohio

2017 conference

The Corporation for Ohio Appalachian Development (COAD) was formed in 1971 by seventeen rural community action agencies aligning with the goal of working together to ameliorate the burden of poverty for the residents of Appalachian Ohio. In 2017, we continue that mission despite economic challenges and an ever-changing landscape.


Please join us for our Annual Conference to celebrate our collective accomplishments of the last decades while looking for new ways and opportunities to work within our communities in an effort to make them better for all of us. We hope that the sessions and speakers will provide both knowledge and inspiration.



Featured Plenary Speakers:


David Bradley
Executive Director, National Community Action Foundation


Janet Hales

Executive Director, Ohio Poverty Law Center

David Wilhelm

Chief Strategy Officer, Hecate Energy

Agenda Overview:

The sessions offered this year focus on both the current and emerging issues we face in our community-based nonprofit endeavors - both internal and external - as well as providing avenues for developing new skills and exploring new methods in adapting to the polititical landscape. In addition to the sessions, there will be social events to encourage us to renew and foster old friendships as well as to cultivate new ones.


Wednesday, August 9th

6:00 pm

Casual picnic-style dinner provided for COAD staff, member agency staff, and any conference attendees who would like to arrive early and join us!

Thursday, August 10th

8:00 am

Plenary Speaker: David Bradley, Executive Director, National Community Action Foundation


Morning Sessions  10:15 am - 11:45 am

HWAP Regional Meeting

Energy Coordinators and Executive Directors will have the opportunity to discuss current issues that impact energy conservation services.


Traversing the New Political Landscape
Come and meet Shannon Jones, Executive Director of Groundwork Ohio, who will share with us her knowledge and expertise on modern politics and how to engage and build productive relationships.

Human Resources (Track 1): ACA/AHCA - What we know
For Management and Human Resources professionals, join us for a presentation by Mark Schwendeman, Schwendeman Agency, Inc. who will provide the most recent information on the healthcare conversation and, to the best extent possible, what to expect in the coming year.

12:00 pm

Plenary Speaker:
David Wilhelm, Chief Strategy Officer, Hecate Energy


Mid-day Sessions 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Electric Partnership Program and Utility Programs Updates Panel
This session will highlight EPP and Utility Program updates and integration.

Effective Leadership
How would you describe your leadership style? Are you as effective as you can be?  Attend this session with the respected R. Glenn Ray, PhD, author of The Facilitative Leader to learn more about leadership behaviors that enable success.

Human Resources (Track 2):  Best Practices for Hiring, Discipline, and Termination
For Management and Human Resources professionals, join us for a discussion and presentation by Karen McQueen, Attorney-at-Law, regarding the guidelines and pitfalls to avoid when managing employment issues. Come with questions!


Afternoon Sessions 3:15 pm - 4:45 pm

Women in the Workplace: Leadership and Success

Come join Jeanne Wilson and Sarah Lowry, Representative for U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown, who will discuss women in the workplace and in leadership roles.

Fiscal Officers’ Roundtable

Join Chris Bailey, CPA and Manager at Clark, Schaefer, Hackett CPAs & Advisors, as he discusses nonprofit auditing, uniform guidance, and other related issues for fiscal staff in our world.

Human Resources (Track 3):  Best Practices for Evaluation Methodologies

For Management and Human Resources professionals, join us for a discussion and presentation by Karen McQueen, Attorney-at-Law, on implementing an evaluation strategy to ensure efficiency and utilizing evaluations systems to benefit both the employee and organization.

Executive Directors' Roundtable Discussion

While designed for newer directors, all member agency leaders are invited to participate in the discussion lead by long-time agency director, David Brightbill.

After the conclusion of the day's sessions, please join us at 6:00 p.m. for a reception, followed by the annual Awards Banquet (beginnning at 7:00 pm) when we will recognize this year's scholarship recipients and present the General's Award.

9:00 pm - Midnight

Entertainment provided by Premier Productions

Friday, August 11th

8:45 am

Plenary Speaker: Janet Hales, Ohio Poverty Law Center

10:45 am
COAD Meeting, Board of Directors
Election of Officers 2017-2018



Hotel Information

The conference will be held at the Christopher Conference Center in Chillicothe.  For reservations in the attached Quality Inn, call 740-775-3500.  The Christopher Inn next door can be reached at 740-774-6835 to make a reservation. Phone the Fairfield Inn, which is also within walking distance, directly at 740-771-9090 for reservations. Ask for the COAD conference rate any of these locations. The Hampton Inn is also an option; call 740-773-1616 or go to their website and use the code 'COD' for the conference rate.

The conference rates are as follows:

Quality Inn - $89.95 - $101.95/night
Christopher Inn - $92.95/night
Fairfield Inn - $127.00/night
Hampton Inn - $129.00/night